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Rangers will not make qualifying offer to Joe Nathan

Nov 2, 2013, 2:39 PM EDT

We learned yesterday that Joe Nathan declined his $9.5 million player option with the Rangers in hopes of landing a multi-year contract in free agency. The soon-to-be 39-year-old should be in a favorable position to meet his goal, especially now that teams won’t have to surrender a draft pick in order to sign him:

Nathan has gotten his career back on track after Tommy John surgery in 2010, posting a 2.09 ERA over the past two seasons while going 80-for-86 in save chances. With a return to Texas in doubt, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com writes that the Rangers will likely turn to Neftali Feliz, Joakim Soria, or Tanner Scheppers for the closer role in 2014.

  1. allday420ap - Nov 2, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    Bring him back home twins

    • happytwinsfan - Nov 2, 2013 at 3:33 PM

      Nah, we got Perk now. use the money to shock the world and go get Tanaka.

  2. knowlegeforyou - Nov 2, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    Twins need Josh Johnson, Tanaka, and Yoon at the very least. Not to mention they need an entire starting lineup with the exception of Mauer

    • happytwinsfan - Nov 2, 2013 at 4:06 PM

      now that’s some valuable knowlege i didn’t have until now!

  3. jhorton83 - Nov 3, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    A 39-year-old closer looking for a multi-year contract. That has disaster written all over it and some team will likely be foolish enough to give him that.

    • dan1111 - Nov 3, 2013 at 2:40 AM

      Nathan is a bit under-appreciated. His dominance is second only to Mariano Rivera in the modern closer era, and he shows no sign of decline. Good relievers also have a track record of pitching into their early 40′s.

      There is always risk, but I think he is a pretty good bet to be worth a two or even three year deal.

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